Introduction to 19th-Century Fashion

Introduction to 19th-Century Fashion

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The Victorian Era

Fashion history, and costume history spanning 1837 to 1901.  Scroll down and see the dresses, the hats and the hairstyles of this Victorian period.

Social history. The transition from Romantic to Victorian society. Queen Victoria's accession. The emergence of  conditions and  social classes. The importance of the railway network on ordinary lives and improved communications.

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Early Victorian fashion history overview. The changing silhouette and dating costumes in a long era. Fashion innovations, the cage crinoline and coal tar aniline dyes. Charles Worth and Haute Couture's birth.

Victorian fashion history. The fashion silhouettes of 1860-1880, 1867-1875, 1878-1901 from crinoline to various bustle forms. The 1890s and early power dressing.

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Victorian Pictures of Victorian Mantelets and More Victorian Mantelets 1852 have been improved in the  section with line drawings and added text, but the original pages will remain here for a short time.

Alternative artistic fashion for women. The Pre-Raphaelite influence on aesthetic dress. Naturally dyed and free art embroidered flowing clothes. Prime movers were Arthur Liberty, William Morris and Oscar Wilde. Pictures of Victorian fashion.

Fashion history of alternative practical Victorian fashion for women. An outline of dress reformers promoting bifurcated, divided garments - or trousers to you and me.

The influence of Amelia Bloomer, Lady Harberton and Dr. Jaeger. The tailor made costumes of the 1890s. Pictures of Victorian clothes.

The daily life, qualities and expectations of a Victorian woman. The Married Woman's Property Act 1887. Social differences between women and ladies. Pictures of clothes from the Victorian era.

The entertainment of the Victorian seaside. Resorts and Winter Gardens of the Edwardian era. Bathing machines. 

 Promenading and seaside fashions in Victorian clothes.

Pictures from the Victorian era, showing fashion history of typical female swimwear at the seaside.

Victorian bathing suits and Edwardian swimming costumes for ladies.

 Book Review - WOMEN OF VICTORIAN SUSSEX by Helena Wojtczak - Their Status, Occupations and Dealings with the Law, 1830 1870.  Book Extract on female needle occupations.

The Song of the Shirt Poem Also

The Song of the Sewing Machine

 Christening Dress

Etiquette and fashion history of Victorian Christening Gowns.  Pictures of Victorian clothes.


 Mourning Dress

A brief look at the etiquette and fashion history of mourning dress from the Victorian era.

Pictures of fashionable Victorian sleeve styles on Victorian for women.

Book Review -
Fashion History of Men's Costume 1860-1914

Hair & Hat Sketches 1840-70

Victorian interiors, furniture and social status through homelife. Conspicuous display of ornaments that created collectable Victoriana for today.

From dancing and singing to theatres, fairs and music halls. Derby Day races to sports and fitness. Vauxhall and Cremorne leisure gardens. Typical Victorian era recreations.

The Crystal Palace Glass Exhibition Hall. Exhibition statistics and entrance costs. Foreign exhibits bring a  experience for all visitors from Queens to Dukes to everyday folk. Inspiration for building the Victoria and Albert Museum.



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